"My heart just sank," he said. "It was like I didn't hear it at first. ... My main concern was, 'What are these kids going to do?'" That's when he made that call to Zierdt.
In another stroke of bad luck, the Y had just completed a renovation of all the jumps and quarter pipes inside the park. They even added some smaller equipment so younger kids could join. After a month-long hiatus, Chesley Roller Sport Park was just about to reopen.
For now, there will be a void. You can't really winterize a skateboard.
"During winter it's the worst," Slocum said. "We can't skate in the streets."